Copper N-heterocyclic carbene complexes in catalysis

Jonathan Egbert, Catherine S.J. Cazin, Steven Patrick Nolan

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N-Heterocyclic carbene ligated copper complexes act as catalysts in a variety of reactions. A brief overview of this rich chemistry is given here. Of particular note is the ability of Cu(NHC) complexes to functionalize carbonyls, alkenes and alkynes. With growth in the number of Cu(NHC) derived complexes, the catalytic possibilities involving these complexes are ever growing. We feel the full potential of these (for the most part) simply accessed complexes has yet to be fully achieved. The litany of reactions which Cu(NHC) catalyst facilitate are outlined here.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)912-926
Number of pages15
JournalCatalysis Science and Technology
Early online date17 Jan 2013
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013


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